Thursday, May 23, 2013

Great workshops coming up soon

Writing your life & other true stories
Saturday, June 1, 2013
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Newmarket Community Centre & Lion’s Hall
200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket, Ontario (More here)

Have you ever considered writing your memoirs or family history? This workshop will introduce you to the tricks and conventions of telling true stories. 
Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He has helped many of his students get published, including our guest speaker, Dr. Ross Pennie.
Ross is the author of The Unforgiving Tides, a doctor’s memoir of Papua New Guinea (Manor House Publishing). Ross has also written three medical mystery novels.

Fee:  $44 paid in advance or $48 if you wait to pay at the door.
To reserve a spot now, email:

Stacey Donaghy 
of Corvisiero Literary Agency
From the Horse’s Mouth: Getting Published or Self-published
Saturday, June 15, 2013
1 – 4 p.m.
Ryerson University, Yonge and Dundas streets,
(Building and room number to be announced). More details here.

A round table discussion moderated by teacher and editor Brian Henry. Following the presenters' introductory remarks, discussion will be opened up to the floor to address the concerns and questions of those aspiring writers present, both of fiction and nonfiction, interested in improving their chances of getting published.

The panel:
Greg Ioannou, publisher of Iguana Books. Through this self-publishing company, Greg is trying to create a new publishing model that avoids the structural problems of traditional publishing, while producing books that are just as well put together.
Stacey Donaghy of the Corvisiero Literary Agency wants to help talented Canadians gain access to New York publishers.
Patrick Crean, publisher of Patrick Crean Editions at HarperCollins Canada. Patrick has been in the book publishing business for more than 40 years and is one of the most respected editors in the business. Many of his authors have won Canada’s most prestigious literary awards.

Fee: $102 
Register online at Ryerson here. Or (contrary to what it says in the Ryerson Calendar), you can register in person on June 15, but please let me know in advance that you’re coming. Email me at:

German edition of
Getting Rid of Rosie
by Lynda Simmons
How to Build Your Story
An editor & an author explain it all
Saturday, June 22, 2013
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Peel Art Gallery, Museum & Archives (PAMA)
9 Wellington St. E. Brampton, Ontario (Map here.)

This workshop will show you how writers plot a novel. You’ll also get the best tips on writing short stories, where to get them published and how to win contests. Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing teacher for more than 25 years. Guest speaker Lynda Simmons has published eight novels, including Island Girl and Getting Rid of Rosie from Berkley Books. Lynda will show you how to create a character arc.

Fee:  $44 paid in advance or $48 if you wait to pay at the door.
To reserve a spot now, email:

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Orillia, Bracebridge, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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